The MU School of Medicine is expanding programs to offer more mental health care to Missouri children.
The program announced today [Thursday] the initiative is due to a nationwide shortage of mental health care providers.
As many as 62 percent of children who experience major depression in the country don’t receive treatment, according to Metal Health America.
The program, called Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project began in St. Louis in 2018.
The central region for the project will include Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Randolph Counties.
Training will be provided for health care providers to meet the mental health needs of patients with mild to moderate behavioral health issues.